Originally Posted by Gennee
You make a great point, Keltic. I had to come out to my wife sooner than I wanted to (she found my stuff). It was a shock at first but now she has come to accept me being transgender. It was easier with my son. I haven't come out to everybody ut there may be a day that I may have to. I'm aware of the cost because I have decided to be visible and vocal.
Tomorrow, I'm attending the sevenstraightdays event. I will be dressed and a lot of people will be straight, I believe. It will be an opportunity to share what it is to be transgender. The way I see it, if one mind is changed, the cost will be worth it.
From The Vigilance Blog
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The Shower-Nuts Are Still At It
I only linked to that in case you wanted to respond to this specifically, or her personally. It can be rough territory, but this was one of the more inspiring things I've read in awhile.
Maryanne's transgender. She just started posting (and helping inform/educate) when the gender identity anti-discrimination law was passed, and then challenged by an extremist group (read lies and deceit).
It's usually a wolve's den over there, but that woman never has an unkind thing to say.
Maryanne A. Arnow said...
Here's an interesting thought.
I am going to live.
I am going to live and there is nothing that propagandistic fear-mongering can do about it.
I am going to live, and go to the grocery store when i need or want food and have the money to go there.
I am going to live, and i will go to the bank, and the post office, my gym and swimming pool, and to vote, and to pay my bills just like everyone else. (Provided people will give a job to someone based more on qualifications, than discriminations)..
I am going to live because i am a human being and you cannot take that from me no matter what you do or say. I am going to live and laugh and love, and hold my dearest best friend – my wife and soulmate.
I am going to live, and love my friends, and cry when i am sad, or when someone i love passes away, or becomes ill, or suffers some horrible misfortune.
I am going to cook the most incredible foods you could ever imagine and do it with love and passion and creativity. I am going to talk to people in public and make some friends in the process because i am a warm and outgoing person that likes to connect with other people.
I am going to live in the joy and wonder of a thunderstorm or, the wondrous beauty of a flower that I grew from a seed, and you cannot take this away from me.
I will help those in need even when i do not have enough to help my own self or my own household - and i have been this way for many years.
I am going to live and love and laugh and cry and experience the world, and my life as a woman in this world, and there is absolutely nothing that any of them can do to stop it - no matter what hatred they bring down, no matter how many minds they poison with lies and misperceptions and stereotypical cruelty and insensitivity.
I am going to live and be a part of public society, like it or not and there will be nothing any of you can do to stop it. No matter what you do. I am going to live forever because you cannot kill my spirit.
I am going to live, and even welcome those that do not welcome me.
I am going to live to the fullest extent of my ability as a free human being no matter what cage or construct or label you try to fence me in behind. I will break that fence, i will tear the labels, i will bend the bars of your cages and I.WILL.LIVE.
You cant even see the prison that you live in because it's all you have ever known.
I stand outside of your prisons of fear and hatred and lies, and look at you with sadness, and hope and pray that you will find a loving human heart that knows acceptance, instead of the fear that keeps you from seeing things as they really are or really could be.
I am going to live. Truly live with gusto and relish and boundless joy and unconditional love, with a clear conscience of being myself real and true, and with the God given freedom i was gifted with, from the moment i was born.
You cannot stop this. You will not stop it. You cannot claim the right of the only judge to do so, and that judge is not yourselves. Nor does your book give you the authority to claim such a right, and it never has.
I am going to live, and look the most heinous evils of lies and bigotry and hatred right dead in the eye, and i am not going to blink while you are exposed.
I an going to live despite what you think you represent, and have disgustingly scared or fooled others in to thinking is correct and true, when in fact it is lies and hatred disguised as love and truth.
I am going to live my life, and be the girl, and the good person, a good wife, and a good friend, and nothing you will do, can ever stop me from being the real human being that I am.
Many blessings always,
p.s. I hope some of you can join me sometime. Unconditional love and true joy sure outweighs hatred and falsehood and fear, by about 6 billion to the hundredth power.
September 16, 2008 11:59 PM